Singers sometimes don't like the way they sound on certain recordings. That's the time when an intuitive, subjective producer is needed. Al Green didn't like the sound of his voice on "Let's Stay Together." Producer Willie Mitchell disagreed, feeling that the record would be a hit. In fact, Mitchell had been looking for a falsetto who he could use as a strong counterpoint against his crack rhythm section. When he first started working with Green, one of his first moves was to have the singer sing in smoother, softer tones. Green had previous blues-tinged R&B hits with covers of Junior Parker's "Driving Wheel" and the Temptations' "I Can't Get Next to You." The transition wasn't only musical but also in appearance with Mitchell's suggesting the singer cut off his afro and wear nice, tailored suits. The genesis of "Let's Stay Together" began with Mitchell and drummer Al Jackson Jr. coming up with the rolling beat that characterized smooth piano changes. When Green returned, the duo gave him a demo and the singer finished writing the song in under 30 minutes. The million-selling single "Let's Stay Together" stayed at number one R&B for nine weeks and went to number one pop in early 1972. Tina Turner's early-1984 cover went to number three R&B and number 26 pop.